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Welcome to The Frugal Freelancer!

I hope you find information about where to write and resources to assist you on your freelance journey.

Be sure to check out the link lists at the bottom of this blog for valuable links to upfront writing sites, residual earnings programs, client referral networks and sites to help you monetize your articles and blogs.

Thank you again for visiting and happy writing!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blog Building Traffic for Newbies

O.K. I admit it, I am terribly new to blogging and even more green when it comes to promoting my blog.  I understand SEO, unique content and posting often, but there has to be other tricks to this whole blog thing.

So I have searched for info on building traffic to my blog, driving traffic to my blog and blog traffic for newbies.  One article that seemed to stand out from the rest was Building Blog Traffic for Newbies written by Duncan Riley.  It features 6 steps just for newbies, no techy mumbo jumbo, just straight forward advise for the novice.  Anyone who is looking for the basics this is a great place to start.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

What is Blog Walking?

Blog walking is becoming a popular term.  But what is blog walking?

Well, if you were an active eHow writer you wrote an article and hoped people would RRRC (read, rate, recommend and comment) on your article.  In return you would then visit their site and do the same hoping to increase your earnings or at least increase the likelihood that someone would catch a glimpse of that comment post on the front page and visit your article.  This is the premise behind blog walking.

In essence, blog walking, is a nice way of getting link exchanges for your blog.  By visiting other blogs that use the same keywords you do, reading some of their posts and leaving a comment (with your URL of course), and if you like what you read follow them, those 'in the know' will do the same.

There is even a comment application by Intense Debate that allows people a space to leave their URL when they leave a comment.

Quite a nifty concept - don't you think?


Friday, June 18, 2010

More Traffic Building Tips from the Experts

Daily Blog Tips ran an article awhile back where the blog community chimed in and listed their top traffic driving tips.  Thirty of the top contributors and their tips are listed in the article written by Daniel Scocco, Blog Project:  30 Traffic Generation Tips.  

Among the most popular tips listed were - participating in online forums, social networking and question & answer sites.  Some of the most unique tips were writing a Top10 "niche subject" article for your next post and writing something controversial.

When readers began to comment the collection just grew!  A must read for all blog newbies for sure.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

25 Free Blog Submission Sites

This list started out with over 100 blog submission sites.  I am in the process of testing each one, eliminating those with dead links and challenging submission routines, leaving the best for you!
The following FREE sites have been tested and relatively easy to submit to:  Read more...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blogger Auto Follow

I knew it wouldn't be long before the old chain letter got a techno update.  Remember those letter you received in the mail back in the 80's asking you to send $1.00 to each of the people at the bottom of the letter, then add your name to the bottom removing the top person and send to 100 people?  It promised that your mailbox would be brimming with free cash in a few days (I'd be interested if this actually worked for anyone...)

Well Blogger Auto Follow is very similar, but instead of money it promises to flood your blog with followers.  Blogger Auto Follow has a free version that is limited to auto follow 50 blogs by keyword and in theory they are supposed to return the favor, then your name goes on the list for the next round.  A backlink to Blogger Auto Follow is required for this free service. You can return to the site each day to blog walk 50 blogs by keyword but the auto follow is only allowed once. 

If you choose to the premium option it is $3.95 and allows unlimited access to each option.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Online Affiliate Marketing nets $160 at Commission Junction

I have to admit I am a bit of a stats nut.  For the first six months writing online I kept track of every penny and view earned.  To this day, I still record my earnings and views every Sunday morning for the previous week and at the end of each month.  I can see progress, slowly but surely. 

So it was quite a surprise when my online affiliate marketing and pay per click advertising generated over $160 this past month.  In previous months I had been excited when the few links I had thrown up here and there generated a few bucks, maybe $10 and really excited when it broke the $30 mark.   The funny thing was that they were not tallied during the month as they occurred.  They actually didn't show up for May until well into the second week in June. 

About two months ago I had embedded a few links into a couple of credit rebuilding articles on my website without any great hopes.  It seems these couple of articles generated a little over $160 this month in commissions at Commission Junction.  Not bad for a few minutes to embed a link!

Content Writing at Helium

Helium is an online writing community, where writers are also editors, reading and writing every article on the site.  Helium offers writers monetary incentives such as upfront payments, revenue share and cash prizes for writing contests.  They also offer their top writers recognition through citizen journalism awards, published articles through Marketplace and other professional journalism organizations.

To read more about Helium, find out where to apply and rate this site  

Pennies Can Really Add Up

From what I have experienced, everything you read about residual income and multiple streams of income from online sources is true.  The things they don't tell you is that it is a lot more work and takes a lot more time than one might think.

Not being very computer savvy myself I'll admit I'm impressed with my earnings thus far, but am way more impressed with the amount of knowledge I have attained learning the ropes.

I'm currently writing at 4 different sites, all with different compensation packages.  Added to those earnings are also affiliate and ad revenues.  Before writing online, I don't think I'd ever get excited about finding a penny on the ground or have a "great over $1 day".  Writing online, watching your earning grow penny by penny, dollar by dollar gives one a new perspective and has taught me that pennies a day really do add up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Online Writing Sites for International Writers

Only certain sites will accept International Writers.  As we see changes in the market almost daily, freelance writing sites are beginning to open up more and more to international article writers. Of course having a proper grasp on the written English language is a must, but also a way for funds to be transferred is also essential for international freelancer writers.

Each of the sites below

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Associated Content

At Associated Content (aka The People's Media Company) writers can contribute original content (articles, videos, images or audio) on any topic they choose and earn money on a pay per view basis.  There are also opportunities to write for upfront pay and additional income through their Featured Contributor program.

To read more about Associated Content, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.


Writing for InfoBarrel is described best by this intro blurb on their site, "InfoBarrel is redefining the way average users participate in online media sites. By contributing their knowledge in the form of media (articles, videos, picture galleries or sound clips) any user can generate an income stream via the Google Adsense program while simultaneously contributing to a community of knowledge hungry individuals."

To read more about InfoBarrel, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.   


Experts123 is a question and answer search engine designed to help match people with questions to people who have answers. Experts123 offers writers upfront and revenue sharing opportunities for articles written on topics/titles in the content pool.  Some articles must be approved by editors as well as the client the article is being written for.

To read more about Experts123, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.  


BreakStudios provides content to sties such as, MadeMan, Holy Taco, Cage Potato, Screen Junkies, and Chickipedia..  Break offers upfront paying assignments to writers.

To read more about BreakStudios, find out where to apply and rate this site is part of the AOL Network.  It provides content to a variety of sties like Moviefone, Fanhouse, Gadling and many more.  Seed offers upfront payment to freelance writers and photographers, posting assignments daily.  

To read more about, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.


eCopywriter provides content for major publications, media companies and agencies.  Writers cover topics in the  Finance, Travel, Insurance, Legal, Manufacturing, Automotive, Telecommunications, Restaurant, Clothing, Marketing, Public Relations etc...

To read more about eCopywriter, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here. 


Textbroker acts as a go-between for writers and clients.  Pay and assignment pool is based on a writers' quality rating.  Clients can also place direct orders to writers they are familiar and comfortable with.

To read more about TextBroker, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

Get a Slogan

New and established companies alike can purchase a slogan or tag-line from Get a Slogan.  Contributors compete to offer catchy slogans and tag-lines for a flat fee.

To read more about Get a Slogan, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.
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